Local News

  • Shallotte police department temporarily moved

    SHALLOTTE—The Shallotte police department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations.

    Anyone who wishes to speak to an officer or get a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. in Shallotte.

    “We are moving during renovations for the convenience of our citizens. It is simpler and less dangerous for them,” said Linda Moses, secretary.

  • Big changes for Seniors in the county

    Big changes are happening for seniors all over Brunswick County.

    Last week the Ash Nutrition site re-opened after being closed last August. Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., under the leadership of Jim Fish, re-opened the Ash Nutrition Site on Tuesday, March 27. Basic senior programming restarted the week of March 13. Lunch is currently being served at the Ash site on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The site is open to seniors 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on meal days.

    “We were able to re-open the nutrition site due to a combination of things,” Fish said.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education votes to return to single bell schedule next year

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday voted three votes to two to return to a single-bell schedule for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Board members Bud Thorsen, Catherine Cooke and Charlie Miller voted to revert back to the single bell schedule, while board chairwoman Shirley Babson and John Thompson voted to keep the staggered bell schedule in place.

    School officials anticipate an 8 a.m. start time for elementary, middle and high school students for the upcoming school year.

  • Sunset at Sunset group confronts mayor

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset at Sunset committee has a problem with Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato.

    Members delivered a message at Monday night’s town council meeting they are “appalled” Cerrato has continued to call their integrity into question.

    Steering committee member Jean Hutchinson, surrounded by five other committee members, read a prepared statement during public comment.

  • Owners upset over infrastructure, building halt in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Several owners spoke out Monday night about unfinished infrastructure, a halt in construction and plummeting values of land they bought in Jaguar’s Lair.

    Cas Kacala of Shallotte said he and his wife bought a lot in Jaguar’s Lair on the first day of sale, on May 26, 2006.

    He asked council to take action to call in infrastructure bonds for Jaguar’s Lair.

    Property owners Tom Claridy of Sea Trail and Ernst Wittenschlaeger of Wilmington also expressed concerns.

  • Church wants to develop cemetery near Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is mulling a proposed zoning text amendment to allow cemeteries in its agricultural district.

    The proposed change, which requires a public hearing called at this week’s town board meeting for 3 p.m. Thursday, is the result of a request by a local church to develop a cemetery in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

    At a town board of commissioners’ workshop Monday, Timothy Randall, trustee for Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, outlined hopes to have a cemetery on donated property.

  • 'Phased' tree removal approved for Carolina Shores Golf Course

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has approved a tree-removal permit for Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club, with a few stipulations.

    Town Administrator Mike Hargett said the permit issued March 26 outlines “general and specific conditions” for tree removal in a phased manner. Each phase will require specific written approval by the town tree committee.

  • Commissioners approve amended request for non-emergency transports

    BOLIVIA—About six times each day Brunswick County ambulances transport non-emergency patients.

    That number doesn’t include the emergency calls they also respond to.

    For more than 20 years, Supply-based Ameritech provided private ambulance services—specifically non-emergency transportation services in Brunswick County—until Feb. 27, when they significantly scaled back services.

    Since that time, Brunswick County EMS has picked up those patients for a total of about 194 non-emergency transports.

  • County planning board denies landfill expansion permit

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board voted five votes to two last Thursday to deny the county’s request to expand its construction and demolition landfill near Bolivia.

    After months of hearings, which included testimony for and against the proposed landfill expansion, board members denied the county’s request for a special exception permit to expand the current construction and demolition landfill at a called meeting Thursday, March 29.

  • State senator among candidates for GOP nomination to challenge McIntyre

    When the Republican majority in the General Assembly drew the new congressional districts for North Carolina last year, David Rouzer, it seemed, drew big-name endorsements before the ink on the maps had even dried.

    Rouzer, a two-term state senator representing Johnston and Wayne counties, was drawn into a newly formed District 7, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C. McIntyre, who lives in Lumberton, was drawn out of the district, but federal election law allows him to still run for his seat.